Vehicle owners can be deemed responsible for other drivers
In states like Massachusetts, someone who owns a vehicle might not have to directly cause an accident to face penalties for the outcome. One rule known as the Family Car Doctrine, for instance, holds parents legally liable for any damage caused by minors who drive their vehicles. This rule can be applied regardless of whether the at-fault driver was insured by the family. In other cases, car owners may face penalties for accidents that occur after they permit individuals who are known to be dangerous drivers to operate their vehicles. Some parties could be deemed partially responsible for accidents without having anything to with the vehicles involved. Although product-liability actions commonly target manufacturers of defective vehicles, many states additionally permit accident victims to sue those who make defective roads. Agencies and individuals that fail to properly build, repair or maintain roads, bridges and other transit facilities may all be targeted with formal legal action. Negligent entrustment and vicarious liability also apply in some professional circumstances. When employees of a company cause accidents while operating corporate vehicles, their employers might also be held responsible. There’s an important distinction, however, between drivers causing such accidents during the course of their professional duties and when they’re on their own personal time. Sustaining injuries in a car or roadway accident can lead to serious ramifications. In some cases, these events lead to permanent changes in the lives of victims and their families. Injuries that first appear minor may worsen with time, prevent people from working or result in extreme treatment costs. Retaining a attorney may make it easier to manage a lawsuit and obtain compensation for damages.